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>> mitchell: tonight, scorched earth: the intense heat gripping the heart of the country is heeding east. cynthia bowers will offer the triple-digit details. another high-level arrest and the resignation of britain's top cop, as the phone hacking scandal intensifies. elizabeth palmer in london tracks the fast-breaking developments. moving to motown: dean reynolds takes us to a detroit neighborhood reversing years of decline that's attracting young people. and top of the world: women's soccer has a new champion tonight. we recap the showdown between the u.s. and japan. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: good evening. it is relentless, dangerous, and gripping the country. a major heat wave this weekend has prompted officials in 17 states to issue heat warnings and advisories.
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take a look at the temperature map of the nation today. you'll find several large areas of 90s, and a patch that saw highs above 100 degrees. two hot weather-related deaths have been reported, and forecasters say the high heat is expected to spread over the next few days. cynthia bowers begins our coverage. >> advisory remains in effect through this evening for areas along interstate 35. >> reporter: it's been so hot for so long in oklahoma the governor called for a statewide day of prayer in hope of some divine intervention. for 47 straight days, temperatures in oklahoma city have been 90 or more. there's one day below 100 so far this month, and it's expected to be 100 degrees or more through at least friday. this summer's searing heat is setting new standards. this month alone, high temperature records have been tied or broken over 800 times. a half-dozen cities not only broke records for a particular day, but set all-time highs since records have been kept.
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>> never in my life have i seen it this dry. >> reporter: extremely dry weather has been blamed on fires that have already burned five million acres in the southwest so far this summer. this is the driest start of the year ever in new mexico. the drought monitor released showed 29% of the country in drought-- 12% in the country in exceptional drought, the largest extent on report. three-quarters of texas is in that exceptional drought, 40% of oklahoma as well, a 10% rise in just one week-- which means tough times for plants and animals. >> it's a tough year. i mean, for all crops involved, you know, there will probably be some producers that don't survive for another year. >> reporter: one shelter in texas has been overrun with young deer, rescued because the mothers can't feed their young. >> they're abandoned because the
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mothers don't have food to eat. if they don't have food to eat, they can't produce milk. >> reporter: this latest heat wave here in chicago-- which began today and continues throughout the week-- is marked by high humidity, making 94 here feel well over 100. it makes it more difficult for the body to cool itself down, and thus it's more dangerous. >> mitchell: cynthia bowers in chicago, thank you. for more on the heat wave and what we can expect, let's go to meteorologist jeff at our miami station, wfor. jeff, it is summertime and hot out there. any reason in particular why this heat wave is hitting so many spots? >> we just have a really big area of high pressure. a big ridge as we call it, which keeps expanding across the united states. in fact, during the day today a huge chunk of the upper midwest is under excessive heat warnings for feels-like temperatures around 110 to 115 degrees. >> mitchell: let's look down the road. what can we expect? >> towards the end of the week, all the heat is moving eastern
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towards the eastern seaboard. cities like new york, philadelphia, and d.c. will have temperatures feeling up to 110. that's the end of the week. the good news is, we're going to finally break this heat wave across much of the nation in about seven to ten days from now, and that's great news for everyone. >> mitchell: yes, it is great news. jeff, thanks a lot. >> you're welcome. >> mitchell: there is more fallout this evening from the "news of the world" hacking scandal. today, two stunning developments: rebekah brooks, the former editor, was arrested, and the head of london's police force resigned. elizabeth palmer has the latest. >> reporter: she willingly went to answer questions, and when she arrived, she was arrested. anything she tells detectives now will become a formal part of the criminal inquiry into phone hacking and bribery at the "news of the world." brooks' arrest came as a
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surprise. but this was a shock. >> this afternoon i informed the palace, the secretary, and the mayor of my intention to resign as commissioner of public service. >> reporter: the head of london's police force resigned, not because police personally suspected him of wrongdoing, but it was on his watch that the former "news of the world," editor neal wallis, was hired as a consultant to the police and arrested in connection with it. when this exploded two weeks ago, nobody dreamed how many powerful people will be dragged in and down. in the u.s., les hinton resigned on friday. he may face questions about what he knew as a top murdoch
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executive in britain in 2007. then there are the murdochs themselves-- rupert, the tycoon head of news throughout the world's largest media conglomerate after disney; and his son and heir apparent, james, who is now known to authorize payments to victims of phone hacking, although he says he didn't have the complete picture at the time, and regrets what he did. >> how would one put it politely? there's no on else to throw over. if the boat is still sinking... >> reporter: both rupert and his son james will appear before a parliamentary committee this tuesday. >> mitchell: is there any reason to believe they could be arrested as well? >> reporter: the committee next week is purely political, so, no, there won't be any arrests coming out of that. but there are two police criminal investigations just gearing up with lots of evidence to comb through, some of it said to be e-mails from inside the company. so i don't think anybody can predict where this thing is going to lead. >> mitchell: elizabeth palmer in london, thanks.
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casey anthony walked out of jail under heavy guard 12 days after being acquitted from murdering her two-year-old daughter. her daughters say she received an e-mail death threat on friday. just after midnight, an s.u.v. carried her past a crowd of largely hostile onlookers to an undisclosed location. with the deadline drawing closer, congress is gearing up for a crucial week in the national debt ceiling talks. as rick johnson tells us, multiple proposals breaking the deadlock are now in play. >> reporter: while there's no shortage of ideas, a debt limit deal that could actually pass remains elusive. >> there are things that both sides are talking about doing that are very dramatic. there's still time to get something done. >> reporter: white house budget director jacob blue says president obama still wants to go big: raise the debt ceiling, cut deficits by more than $4
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trillion over the next decade, and increase taxes on the wealthy. house republicans have their own plan: cut, cap, and balance. >> the cut, cap, and balance plan the house will vote on next week is the solid plan for moving forward. >> reporter: they want immediate cuts, an aggressive cap on future spending, and a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. senate democrats say the proposal has no chance. >> we don't need an amendment. we basically need to accept the responsibility to do this job and to lead. >> reporter: the only flicker of bipartisanship is the so-called plan b, which republican senator mitch mcconnell is working on with democratic senate majority leader harry reid. plan b would enable president obama to raise the debt ceiling incrementally on his own. it will also introduce $1.5 trillion in spending cuts far from enough for most republicans. >> the mcconnell plan is more of washington not taking responsibility. >> reporter: today, on "face the nation," another idea, the most ambitious yet, from republican senator tom coburn.
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>> we have $9 trillion of savings achievable. pick half of them. that will solve our problem. >> reporter: there has been activity and progress behind the scenes, but nobody seems to know what a final deal could look like. the deadline for raising the debt ceiling remains august 2, just 16 days away. whit johnson, cbs news, the white house. >> mitchell: at the white house tomorrow, president obama is set to nominate richard cordray, republicans are getting ready to block his nomination. later, a new day for parris island marines, with a woman in command for the first time. the u.s. and japan face their moment of truth in the women's world cup finals. and twentysomethings, a jump start detroit. those stories, when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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>> mitchell: interstate highway 405 was closed for partial demolition of a bridge. billed as "car-mageddon," it failed to create the predicted gridlock. in fact, it was over hours ahead of schedule. experts have long looked at the industry of detroit. the city lost most of its population since 1950, leaving whole neighborhoods virtually abandoned. but now dean reynolds tells us there are early signs of a motor city renaissance. >> reporter: it is sadly familiar: detroit as the ramshackle wreck, a place of decline, decay and desolation. it's a tough image to shake, but come closer and listen. the motor in motown is humming. >> i think detroit is like where you want to go and create your own opportunity here. i think this is kind of unique,
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in that you can do it very affordably from the ground up. >> reporter: margarita barry is among a youthful and talented wave that is shaking up the downtown here, reclaiming a city many had given up for dead. >> a lot of stuff going on over here. >> reporter: while the city's population has shrunk over the last decade, during that same period detroit has experienced a 59% increase in college-educated residents under 35. kristin talbot works for quicken loan, the lending giant, which moved its headquarters downtown from the suburbs. >> there was so much going on down here, it gave me more of a reason to come down to the city and explore more things. >> reporter: we talked with matt, a c.e.o. of an affiliate company of quicken, on the firm's office basketball court. >> this is not a polyanna-ish kind of perspective. we know there are things we need to fix, and we're working to do those. >> reporter: dan is cofounder of detroit labs, a high-tech startup. >> the city is like a hidden gem.
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you don't really know until you get down here that there are so many positive things going on. >> reporter: along with wayne state university and the detroit institute of art, there's now a web site, iamyoungdetroit, that directs you to new bookstores, clothing boutiques, affordable new apartments, and even the creperie run by torya blanchard. >> i saw this space, called up the lady, and she said it was available, so i just rented it. i think my deposit was a thousand dollars. >> reporter: old-timers like mary gabes, who's lived through the bad times, are catching the optimism. >> i'm really hopeful that detroit is going to come back. >> reporter: it's a long road, but at least in the right direction. dean reynolds, cbs news, detroit. >> mitchell: j.k. rowling might consider writing another "harry potter" story when she sees this number. "harry potter and the deathly hollows," the eighth and final movie in the series, made $169 million for the first weekend,
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the biggest opening in hollywood history. it beat the "dark knight" by more than $10 million. ahead, meeting the first woman to command the marines at parris island. that story is next. island. that story is next. is and emphy.
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>> mitchell: venezuelan president hugo chavez arrived in cuba last night. her returned to remove a tumor, nearly a month ago he was in cuba for more work. in afghanistan, another blow to the rule of president karzai today. they gunned down his most precious aide. karzai's half-brother was assassinated early last week. in eastern afghanistan, nato helicopter air strikes today hit a school where insurgents were said to have gathered. at least ten insurgents were killed. there were no youngsters in school at the time. remember the days when the marine corps advertised it was "looking for a few good men"? well, times have changed, and today marines are recruiting women as well. there seems to be no limit as to
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how high they can go. this is tonight's "sunday cover": a new commanding officer with a legendary marine corps post. this is parris island, south carolina. as the sign makes clear on the way in, here is where they make marines. now this marine factory has a new foreman. >> what i'd ask you to do is... >> reporter: or forewoman, brigadier general loretta reynolds. when you found out you were getting this post, what was your first reaction? >> there are times now that i wake up in the morning and say, "am i really here? am i really here at parris island?" >> reporter: general reynolds took command of parris island on june 17, and she's already made history as the first woman to lead the marine recruiting depot here. it's a distinction she acknowledges, but won't dwell on. >> am i a trailblazer here at the depot? yes.
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i happen to be the first female. it's one for the history books, and we're all going to move on. >> reporter: reynolds is one of two female generals now active in the marine corps. >> is this the most challenging one? >> mitchell: at six feet tall, she cuts an impressive and potentially imposing figure. but it's her stature as a leader that's earned her respect. a 1986 graduate and former basketball player at the naval academy, she's the first female marine to hold a command position in a battle zone, which she did when she was stationed in afghanistan. now she'll not just lead marines, she'll create them as well. >> at the end of the day, we push them to be more than they could be. >> reporter: this is a tough place. as the july sun baked parris island, we joined general reynolds as she observed her first crucible, a 54-hour test of strength, endurance, and teamwork that each recruit must pass before being called a united states marine.
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give me an idea how tough it is to become a marine. >> it's the hardest we can make it-- and we have to make it hard, because our nation expects the united states marine corps to be its 911 force, to always be ready, to always do the right thing. >> reporter: parris island graduates 20,000 marines every year: male recruits from east of the mississippi, and all female recruits come here. >> it's an honor. it's a blessing. it's a tremendous responsibility, and i'm going to work hard every day to take good care of this depot and the marines here. >> general reynolds says one of the best parts of her job is seeing firsthand young men and women go from fresh recruits to young marines. up next, the women's world cup showdown. showdown.
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>> mitchell: finally this sunday, when the final ball was kicked at the women's world cup of soccer tonight, the heavily favored united states suffered a heartbreaking loss in a bid for its record third championship. but for the winners of japan, it was an uplifting and badly needed boost.
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>> reporter: they were a team of destiny, these japanese women, a surprise run to their first world cup final, in the same year their country was brought to its knees, devastated by an earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 15,000, some of them friends of these players. never had the japanese women beaten the united states. >> japan and the united states played 25 times before this game, and the u.s. never lost. there were 23 ties. that's a track record the u.s. women wanted to look at in terms of "we know how to beat these guys." >> reporter: from the opening kick, the americans did dominate, attack after attack, shot after shot, but no luck. three balls hit posts and bounded away. the first half ended scoreless. 11-year-old willa watching in manhattan was anxious. >> i wish they had scored. >> reporter: midway through the second half, the u.s. finally did. 22-year-old alex morgan, the
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youngest player on the team, took a long pass from megan, dribbled skillfully past the japanese defgender, and fired the ball into the corner of the net. >> it's more exciting, because everyone supports men's sports everywhere, and now we have the women. and all over the nation, everyone is supporting team u.s.a. >> reporter: president obama and his wife and soccer-playing daughters watched intently at the white house, as the resilient japanese squad tied the game 20 minutes later. the game went to overtime, 1-1. >> i am so excited. i am so proud of the u.s. women. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton couldn't be at the game. she watched from greece. but daughter chelsea was there. both team's top scorers traded goals in overtime: abby for the united states, omari for japan. it was 2-2 after 120 minutes of scintillating soccer. the title came down to penalty
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kicks, just like it had 12 years ago when the americans raised the cup in california. but this time, no magic. the women missed the first free kicks. japan took the shootout, 3-1-- the first time an asian nation has won the women's world cup. the u.s. gets another chance in four years. tony guida, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: so close, a real nail biter. that is the "cbs evening news." later on cbs, "60 minutes." i'm russ mitchell. bob shaffer will be here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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shooting death of a pregnant woman in another state. what we know about both cases. and why people here are pointing fingers at police. a potential break in the case of a 21 year old mother whose body was found burned in bay area neighborhood. the support today, for the family she left behind. and with hundreds of dollars in her pocket, casey anthony walked out of jail a free woman. the scene that was waiting for her. cbs 5 eyewitness news is next. good evening. ann,,

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